The document then lists the rights set out in Magna Carta, but this opening is interesting. Supporters of the king are saying that this is a new start in relations between the king and the barons. The king is willingly granting rights and the barons are willing to pay taxes because they have been given these rights. But will both sides keep faith?
Magna Carta 1225
The National Archives
One of the few remaining copies of Magna Carta, 1225.
How was this Magna Carta different?
Unlike the previous Magna Carta, this one had a long list of witnesses! Led by Archbishop Stephen Langton, there were 11 bishops, 20 abbots, nine earls, and 24 other barons who put their name on the document. What do you think that we can draw from this?
Test your understanding
According to the this introduction to Magna Carta, how long were these rights to be upheld in England?
Bad luck! Try studying the document once again and listening closely to the transcript...
Well done! That is the correct answer! The rights were to be upheld forever!
Why has Henry III re-issued Magna Carta?
- Is it because he has genuinely learned the lessons from the rule of his father, uncle and grandfather and he is offering a new way of ruling?
- Is it because Henry simply needs money because the French king has invaded Gascony and and is threatening Henry’s power in France?
- The view of this chronicle on why Henry is issuing Magna Carta now is…